“Food in general” sounds really boring as the heading of a blog-style-article and I know that most of you won’t probably want to read this mostly because the title has this weird monotony inducing vibe to it. But I want to be clear about the body of this blog-style-article that it is going to be really useful, especially for the mothers and cooks in the house who love experimenting with their food, just because it gives a sizzling sensation to their taste buds. So I am hoping for you guys to stick around and find out what I have to rant out this time of the day, or night or whatever.
People love experimenting with something they love because doing one thing regularly bores them and newness excites them at the same time. The prospect of getting into an experiment and succeeding sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Same is the case with food and today, I would discuss about how people unintentionally rip the nutritional value of their food to pieces. R.I.P. to healthy food, I feel like it’s my duty to mention a condolence.
Indian food is generally extra fried, over cooked and spicy to the point of cringing and smacking one’s lip at the same time. Now, even though the taste is highly fantastic in a lot of cases when it comes to Indian cuisine, I feel like the way of cooking such dishes is kind of unhealthy in the long run. Personally, I have a problem with fried food. I feel nauseated and can’t ingest it, which might be bad or might be good, but all I know is that fried food is not healthy in the slightest bit.
I had a sleepover last night at my friend’s place and we ate “kachori and aloo ki sabzi” at breakfast, which was too much for me but nothing for my friends because apparently, they are used to such heavy, fried food at breakfasts. It’s like a ritual for them, eating unhealthy fried food at breakfast. I promised to not have a sleepover at her place after that because the nauseated feeling was way too much for me to handle.
I would recommend that eating heavy is the correct choice at breakfast because dieticians recommend having a heavy, nutritious breakfast but I don’t think that “kachori” has any nutritional value except that it’s fatty. Having a glass of chocolate milk, some bananas or omelette or fruit salad or even some chapatti and veggies sound like a tasty and dietary breakfast. I have seen Gujarati people eating kachori and jalebi and fafda and samosas etc during breakfast time and I always wonder how they can eat something so unhealthy and oily right in the morning.
But I am just suggesting, not commanding so you can do what you want. It’s your life, not mine. But just remember one thing that health is wealth.
Other than that, no pressure!
After fried, I would like to turn to the next term in the above mentioned list which is over cooking. Indian food is considered to be over cooked by estranged people and that is apt. Over cooking leads to destruction of existent nutritional value in the food which makes the point of eating healthy ingredients so as to gain some nutrition moot. Therefore, avoid over cooking food; ensure that it’s not raw but don’t overcook because it would make the food taste exceptionally good. Trust me; I have seen people crisp their okra up until to the point of turning them into chips because they taste helluva great.
One more thing that I want to add here is that chopping vegetables excessively is another factor as to why food becomes less nutritionally rich. Chopping an apple a hundred times so to make it a food of convenience for your child won’t help him reap any dietetic value from the apple.
Spices make the food taste bloody good and we all are thankful for the almighty inventing spices. Without spice, we all would have been nothing, just starved, uncreative beasts hungry for good food. But seasoning your food with a lot of spices is not the way to be thankful to them for existing. Using them judiciously is the way to be grateful to spices because highly spiced food is not good for the human body. Spicy food can cause stomach aches and indigestion. It can cause skin damage. Please don’t touch your skin with chilli clad hands or most importantly you eyes; they can burn like nobody’s business once you rub them with you spiced hands and you don’t want to experience that burning sensation.
I know it’s not much but this is all I have in “Food in General” because these are the four thing that Indians generally do to their food in their kitchens and I know it’s unintentional because of lack of awareness but I feel good and satisfied telling you thing now. Not so spicy, less fried, or properly cooked food can also taste fine, you know. You just have to accept the fact that healthy eating is the best way to treasure your body.
So stay fit, eat hit!